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Dialogue in October?

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Published on : 18 August 2018, 08:01 PM
Dialogue in October?

 

Awami League will hold dialogue with other political parties before the parliamentary elections. The dialogue will be held before the announcement of the National Election schedule in October. In addition to the political parties in the parliament, political parties outside the Parliament may be invited to the dialogue. However, the unregistered political parties will not be called in this dialogue. But whether the discussion will take place with BNP or not remains still uncertain. Although Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has rejected the possibility of any discussion with BNP on the elections, sources of Awami League said eventually, Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina may surprise BNP by inviting it to the dialogue.

The Election Commission said that the schedule for the eleventh parliamentary elections will be announced in the last week of October. Responsible sources of Awami League said before the announcement of the election schedule, the prime minister may sit for dialogue with the political parties about the structure of the election-time government. The main purpose of this dialogue will be to create a roadmap for a fair election based on the opinion of all political parties. Before the 2014 elections, the prime minister prepared a roadmap for a fair election based on the opinions of all political parties. Prior to the 2014 elections, the prime minister participated in a series of dialogues with all political parties. In those dialogues, the prime minister invited BNP. But Begum Khaleda Zia refused the invitation though. The preparations for a series of dialogues are ongoing for the formation of the election-time government. Now the dialogue will be divided into two sections. In the first section, the political parties of the parliament, including Jatiya Party, JSD (Inu), JSD (Ambia), and Workers Party, will be invited. According to the source, the prime minister will ask for the opinion regarding the election-time government. After this, the registered political parties who did not participate in the elections will be called for the dialogue. They will also be called for their opinions on the election-time government.

Awami League sources said that there is no chance for those to be in the cabinet of the election-time government who were not members of the parliament. Nevertheless, they will be consulted to hold a fair election.

Responsible sources of Awami League said, whether BNP will be invited to the dialogue depends on the political consequences of Begum Zia. If Begum Zia is disqualified and still remains in jail, then a source confirmed that there will be dialogue with BNP. It is to be noted that Begum Zia is being punished for five years in the Zia Orphanage Corruption case. BNP has appealed against this verdict in the High Court. The appeal hearing is ongoing. If the High Court upholds the order of Begum Zia before the election schedule, then there will be no scope for her to contest in the elections. Then there might be a new polarization in BNP. This polarization process will depend largely on the compromise of Awami League and BNP.

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